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Digital Families a 30min weekly podcast hosted by Leonie Smith “The Cyber Safety Lady” in conversation with parents, students, children, cyber safety experts, family councillors, child protection experts, wellbeing coaches, psychologists and more about maintaining a healthy and safe environment around digital technology in families.

Sexting & Cyber Bullying Reports Are Increasing,  What are we doing wrong?

Sexting & Cyber Bullying Reports Are Increasing, What are we doing wrong?

According to some recent research from The Cyber Bullying Research Center and the eSafety Commissioner, reports of Cyber Bullying and Image Based Abuse is going up by 200%. The Cyber Bullying Research Center in the U.S are suggesting that whatever we have been doing to raise awareness of the harms caused by these issues of abuse its not working. Quoted from their post “The bottom line is that whatever we are doing to deter teens from participating in sexting clearly isn’t working. Just like trying to prevent them from being with each other during a pandemic, they will find a way. Something more thoughtful needs to be considered.”

Last week Greg Gebhart from the eSafety Commissioner, in a chat with me on the Digital Parenting Podcast said that most occurrences of Cyber Bullying abuse are being reported to have occurred on Instagram, which is by far the most popular platform for young people. This was then followed by reports of abuse happening on Snapchat, Facebook and now TikTok. eSafety Commissioner figures:

Michelle Mitchel

My guest this week on “Digital Families” is Michelle Mitchell an expert on Teens and Tweens. We talk about why these abuses are escalating, and what we need to do to try and turn the digital tide.

Michelle Mitchell is an award-winning speaker, and bestselling parenting author. She has been termed ‘the teenage expert’ by the media and is sought after for her compassionate and grounded advice for parenting tweens and teens. 

With the rise of reports of these types of abuses comes also the rise in trauma which is of course exacerbated during this stressful time of Covid19 and all it entails.

Supporting our young people is key. Michelle outlines tips for parents on changing the messaging around online abuse and sharing nudes.

Michell’s resources to her books and educational materials Here: https://michellemitchell.org/shop

https://michellemitchell.org/shop

Follow Michell Mitchell on Facebook Here: https://www.facebook.com/michellemitchellspeaker/

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The app that is mentioned in this podcast is “Stymie” it is a reporting abuse mobile app, where there is an option to report anonymously. Link Here: https://about.stymie.com.au

How to report Image Based Abuse eSafety Commissioner Reporting

How to report Cyber Bullying for under 18year olds eSafety Commissioner Reporting

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Australia’s eSafety Commissioner – Helping Aussies Stay Safer Online

Australia’s eSafety Commissioner – Helping Aussies Stay Safer Online

This weeks podcast I chat with eSafety trainer Greg Gebhart from The eSafety Commission. www.eSafety.gov.au Australia’s eSafety Commission is a world leading organisation for education and help for online issues in Australia. The eSafety Commissioner has posted recently that reports of online abuse have escalated during Covid19 by over 300%. Sadly, I’m also getting more… Continue Reading

Our Kids Online Porn, Predators & How To Keep Them Safe The Documentary

Our Kids Online Porn, Predators & How To Keep Them Safe The Documentary

“While researching the pros and cons of handheld devices of our kids, and how to keep them safe online, we stumbled upon the biggest un-had conversation of our time.” – Zareen Sheikh-Cope Our Kids Online: Porn, Predators & How to Keep Them Safe is  a must-see documentary for every parent on how to protect our kids from online predators and the fallout from exposure to… Continue Reading

Digital Families Podcast with Danielle Einstein Psychologist

Digital Families Podcast with Danielle Einstein Psychologist

My guest today is Danielle Einstein, Dr Danielle Einstein is a Clinical Psychologist specialising in the treatment and prevention of anxiety, depression and OCD. Danielle was Head of the Anxiety Clinic at Westmead Hospital from 1996 to 2002, and has run her own private practice since 2003. She has edited a text book on CBT,… Continue Reading

Digital Families Podcast with Nan Bosler – Seniors Online

Digital Families Podcast with Nan Bosler – Seniors Online

My guest today is Nan Bosler. Nan Bosler AM is an Australian community activist and advocate for young people, the elderly and people with disabilities. She is an author and most notable internationally, for her involvement with computer clubs and digital skills for older people. Along with many other awards she has received over the… Continue Reading

Digital Families Podcast With Liz Walker From Youth Wellbeing Project

Digital Families Podcast With Liz Walker From Youth Wellbeing Project

My guest today is Liz Walker from the Youth Wellbeing Project. Liz Walker is an accredited sexuality educator, speaker and author, dedicated to culture-shifting initiatives that respond to pornography harms on children & young people. Liz provides schools and community education as Managing Director of Youth Wellbeing Project: educating for tricky conversations. Initiatives include IQ… Continue Reading

Digital Families Podcast with Rosie Thomas from Project Rockit

Digital Families Podcast with Rosie Thomas from Project Rockit

My guest today is Rosie Thomas Co-Founder, Co-CEO of Project Rockit. Her work has been recognised by UNICEF among the 12 Digital Champions for Children’s Rights in the Digital Age and was honoured in Washington D.C. with the International Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cybersafety. As well as a number of local awards and honours… Continue Reading

Digital Families Podcast with Small Business Cyber Security Expert Jacqui Loustau

Digital Families Podcast with Small Business Cyber Security Expert Jacqui Loustau

Welcome to The Digital Families Podcast, this week with Cyber Security expert Jacqui Loustau from Cynch https://cynch.com.au a Small Business Cyber Security fitness company. This week Jacqui Loustau and myself discuss online security for home and working from home small buisness, during the age of Covid19. Jacqui makes cyber security sound like a very exiting… Continue Reading

Digital Families Podcast with Panel

Digital Families Podcast with Panel

Locked In Digital Families Todays podcast we talk about the increase of Cyber Bullying and children being exposed to dangerous media like porn during Covid19. The office of the eSafety commissioner has reported a steep increase in reports of cyber bullying, extortion and image based abuse since lockdown. “The number of people reporting behaviour such… Continue Reading